Feature Name: Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
Directed By: Om Raut
Cast: Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol, Sharad Kelkar, Luke Kenny, Shashank Shende, Neha Sharma. Devdatta Nage, Padmavati Rao
Run Time: 2 hours 11 minutes
Review By: Grinell Jacinto
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is the historical biographical story of 17th century Maratha subedar (military leader) Tanaji Malusare. He was a military leader of Shivaji who helped Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj win back the fortress Kondhana from the Mughals.
The film features Ajay Devgn as Tanaji Malusare and Saif Ali Khan as the villainous Mughal commander Udaybhan Singh Rathod. It also stars Kajol as Tanhaji’s dutiful wife Savitribai Malusare, Sharad Kelkar as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Luke Kenny as Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
Director Om Raut has done a good job in directing this biographical film. But a few scenes do seem stretched and a little over the top.
One of the drawbacks of the film is the use of VFX. The VFX that is used especially to show death, amputation or blood flowing seem unreal and overdone. Another drawback is that some scenes seem impossible and go against gravity – like climbing roles up the fort when they aren’t nailed to the ground or caught on something as well as climbing the fort with just a stick.
The cinematography is good and makes the fort scenes more believable.
The film’s music is good thanks to the compositions of Sachet-Parampara, Ajay-Atul and Mehul Vyas. They get you more engrossed in the moments.
Talking about performances, Devgn has the most screen space and does a commendable as Tanhaji. But who takes the cake with his performance is Khan as Udaybhan Singh Rathod. Even though he looks and acts more Afghan than Mughal you still cannot take your eyes off him.
Kajol looks amazing as the Savitribai but is reduced to only being the dutiful wife and nothing more. She doesn’t have a lot of screen space but the moments she shares with Ajay are sweet and full of chemistry. Kelkar as Chhatrapati Shivaji is almost wasted as he too doesn’t have much screen time.